Bill: No alcohol monitors for some drunken drivers

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by Associated Press

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Posted on February 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon courts could get more discretion in which drunken drivers are required to use breath alcohol monitoring devices before getting behind the wheel.

The law now requires their use by drivers arrested on drunken driving charges who enter diversion programs to avoid convictions but keep their driving privileges.

A Senate committee approved a provision Tuesday that would let judges make exceptions for offenders who have a low risk of repeat offenses.

Legislators say that means people accused of drunken driving with a low blood alcohol level who enter a diversion program. These programs include weekly classes and can lead to charges being dismissed after a year.

The provision is part of a broader bill and now goes to the full Senate. It could face opposition in the House.

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